Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, the capital of Chiang Mai Province, is the largest and one of the most prominent cities in Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is about 700 km north of Bangkok, lying in a mountainous region with the highest mountains of the country. The city sits on the bank of Ping River, a major branch of the Chao Phraya River.


Chiang Mai was set to be the capital of Lana reign by King Mengrai in 1296. The name Chiang Mai means "new city" because it succeeded Chiang Rai to be the capital of Lana kingdom. Through centuries with many vicissitudes Chiang Mai slowly grew in culture, trading and economy, which bring the city to its current status as the cosmopolitan capital of Northern Thailand, and the second most important city besides Bangkok.
In recent years, Chiang Mai has become one of the most popular destinations attracts tourists to Thailand.